Thursday, May 27, 2010

Fried Chicken Sundays @ The Hungry Cat

When the Hungry Cat restaurant in Hollywood tweeted "Fried Chicken & Waffles @ thehungrycat Hollywood: Sunday Nights until the end of summer. Starting today 5/2/10" I knew I had to get there as soon as possible. Announcing your special fried chicken is my version of putting up the Bat Signal for Batman - the Savory Hunter must respond. So I rushed over that night to try the fried chicken and waffles and continue the Derby weekend with another Mint Julep.

The fried chicken (pictured above) is generously portioned and served over a Belgian waffle, with maple syrup on the side. The chicken was juicy and tasted good, although does not exceed the Southern California champion, Flossies. I prefer not to have so much sweet in my salty savory food, so had the waffle and syrup for dessert. The little bits of chicken skin and salt made the otherwise sweet waffle better. The chicken skin did not stay on the bird as well as I would have liked. One notable aspect was that this chicken was hot hot hot, straight out of the fryer. Steaming!

I enjoy french fries with fried chicken so ordered a side of fries, not realizing it was enough to feed 6-8 diners. I only ate 10 - 20% of the fries, which was a waste as these were good. Had I known I was ordering a jumbo item I might have skipped them as I hate to throw out food, and as I was headed to the Library Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt afterwards. The picture below better captures the size comparison between the french fries and the chicken and waffles.

The bartender initially wasn't sure if he had all the supplies to make me a mint julep (it was the day after, not day of the Derby) but managed to rustle up the ingredients including a julep cup. The drink was very good for a restaurant but not up to the standards of the Tar Pit, Library Bar or Seven Grand.

Fried Chicken & Waffles every Sunday at The Hungry Cat in Hollywood, now through Labor Day. My meal, including the chicken & waffles, the fries and the julep was about $35 + tip, inclusive of tax.

Please call ahead (day of) to confirm that they are offering the special each Sunday. The fried chicken & waffles is usually priced about $15 + tax & tip.

The Hungry Cat is located at 1535 North Vine @ Sunset. Telephone: (323) 462-2155. Website:

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